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Dairy prices plummet

GlobalDairyTrade results Another sharp drop at the Fonterra auction is bad news for farmers and the economy.

Farmers claim measuring flaws

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team. Using one nutrient discharge measuring tool for all farms is not sensible or practical, Fed Farmers says.

NZ Merino eyes up strong wool

Merino sheep 9:44am NZ Merino Company throws a spanner into the wool debate, revealing it is poised to enter the strong wool market.

Monitoring processes questioned

Cows graze on swedes Environment Southland's role in biosecurity and the effects of agrichemicals on soils and waterways has been questioned after the death of cattle.

NZX dairy forecasting tools

NZX launches two online dairy forecasting tools aimed at helping farmers predict milk production and milk prices.

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Related story: Greens' farming claims in tatters

What's next for dairying?

Massey University's Professor of Dairy Production Systems Danny Donaghy. A large drop in Fonterra's milk price forecast is not the only big issue facing New Zealand's dairy industry.

Greens' claims in tatters

It seems the message has finally got through – farmers are working hard to clean up rivers, keep their stock out of streams, and to plant more trees.

Just test the damn water

Blatant double standards

Monitoring processes questioned

Cows graze on swedes Environment Southland's role in biosecurity and the effects of agrichemicals on soils and waterways has been questioned after the death of cattle.

NZX dairy forecasting tools

NZX launches two online dairy forecasting tools aimed at helping farmers predict milk production and milk prices.

Dirty dairying ruled

Not satisfied with record

Dairy prices plummet

Another sharp drop at the Fonterra auction is bad news for farmers and the economy.

Beef and lamb farmers happy

PGG Wrightson livestock agent Lou Elsmore sells a pen of sheep at the weekly prime sale at the Frankton Saleyards. While the dairy industry is feeling the pain in the wake of the slashed payout, sheep and beef farmers are smiling.

Finance offer stuns

A helping hand from their employers has set a young South Wairarapa couple on a farming career.

Demand boosts bull sales

Beef prices tipped to rise

Meat shortage looms

Expect to pay more for your next juicy barbecue steak as a world meat shortage looms.

Lamb-tastic arrival

Two-headed lamb From the deepest reaches of southern NZ, a biological anomaly has been born.

Stitching up the wool vote

For more than 100 years NZ "rode off the sheep's back" as the wool industry helped provide the country with an enviable standard of living.

Crucial wool vote looms

Big Ben world's best

NZ Merino eyes up strong wool

NZ Merino Company throws a spanner into the wool debate, revealing it is poised to enter the strong wool market.

Irrigation app launches

ReGen chief executive Bridgit Hawkins New app tells farmers whether they should irrigate and how much water to put on their pastures.

Kiwifruit growers to sue Govt

They say negligence in letting the devastating PSA virus into NZ has cost their industry at least $885m.

Whirr of warm air fends off frost

Farmer's hand minced in machine

Strawberries a delicious mystery

It's almost always not until Labour Weekend that Paul Hammington sees the fruits of his labours.

Whatawhata block for sale by tender

Annandale farm A 515-hectare finishing and dairy support farm near Hamilton has been placed on the market for sale.

Kiwis seek gas remedies

Almost half NZ's greenhouse gases come from farmed animals and Palmerston North-based research groups are looking at ways to reduce that.

Land sale approved

Synlait gets Chinese tick

Farmers claim measuring flaws

Using one nutrient discharge measuring tool for all farms is not sensible or practical, Fed Farmers says.

Beet the bolters

Fodder beet Rogue "bolters" in beet feed crops need to be plucked out by hand or they will lower yields and contaminate seed crops.

Cute and cuddly killers?

Health board warns allowing children to frolic with baby spring animals could lead them to contracting serious and potentially life threatening diseases.

Time to plan beyond forced births

Common sense required

Killer disease not unique

Mysterious liver disease killing hundreds of cows was a freak event but not unique according to a veterinary pathologist.

Ebola a boost for NZ salmon

salmon A bizarre food-safety scare in China linking a fish disease to Ebola could be a good thing for NZ salmon exports.

Offer highlights tuna plight

Chinese plans to take even more tuna from the Pacific are revealed in a Hong Kong stock offering.

Scallop harvest reduced

Fishing merger a step too far

Live mussel export ban

Parasite found in Marlborough Sounds mussels leads to Canada barring live greenshell exports.

Still horsing round at 76

Thelma Busby Showing horses is in Thelma Busby's blood.

Life is busy

New baby, new job, new awards. Life is busy and challenging for one of New Zealand's top sharemilkers.

Silage bale wrap goes pink

Up for the challenge

Loving the lifestyle

An ambitious young dairy manager enjoys every day on the job.